James Smith

#122, (11 October 1881-16 June 1950)
FatherWalter Thomas Smith (11 Sep 1851-15 Mar 1930)
MotherLucy Deane (c 1859-May 1943)
ChartsAylott Family - descendants
Brett Family - descendants
Darby Family - descendants
Deane Family - descendants
Fairclough Family - descendants
Leonard Family - descendants
Manthorpe Family - descendants
Read family - descendants
Smith family - descendants
Wayte Family - descendants
Mike Hill - ancestors
Descendents of Richard Darby
Last Edited26 Mar 2022
WikiTree ID:https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Smith-260866.

Short Biography

     James was born in 1881 at the Adelaide suburb of Gilberton and baptized at Holy Trinity Church in Adelaide. He presumably lived with his parents at Cape Borda, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, in August in his teens.

We can't know how James and Elsie met, but it may have been through a family association. James's father was a lighthouse keeper and Elsie's cousin John Darby was Secretary of the Marine Board; both men had met Arthur Searcy and John Darby must have known him well.

He married Elsie Florence Darby, in North Adelaide. He was 23 and his wife Elsie was 20. Elsie was 5 months pregnant when she married; the effect of this on Elsie's strict Wesleyan Methodist mother isn't known however it is notable that Elsie and James married at Elsie's parent's Adelaide home, far from the town of Mylor where the Darby girls grew up, and not married in the Congregational church that her sisters were married in. It's also notable that Elsie's mother and her mother's mother were pregnant when they married too. James and Elsie went on to have four children together, one of whom died young.

James's brother Edward began military service on Monday, 17 April 1916. News was received on Wednesday, 20 June 1917 that his brother Edward was severely wounded and was a prisoner of war in Germany. Nearly two years later, Edward had been returned to England.

James Smith and Elsie Florence Darby moved with their three daughters to Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, circa 1923. However, they only stayed there a year before moving to Sydney.

James died on 16 June 1950 at at St. Vincent's private hospital in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst at age 68 of prostate cancer. His body was interred at Eastern Suburbs crematorium on 19 June 1950 at the Sydney suburb of Matraville.
James Smith
(source: Margery Smith)
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James was born on Tuesday, 11 October 1881 at the Adelaide suburb of Gilberton.1 He was the son of Walter Thomas Smith and Lucy Deane. James Smith was baptised at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday, 11 December 1881 at Adelaide.2 He presumably lived with his parents at Cape Borda, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, in August 1898.3

The Smith family hosted a social evening at their house at Cape Borda, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, for the Cape Borda Christian Endeavor Society, and the three girls and two of the men contributed songs and recitations.4

We can't know how James and Elsie met, but it may have been through a family association. James's father was a lighthouse keeper and Elsie's cousin John Darby was Secretary of the Marine Board; both men had met Arthur Searcy and John Darby must have known him well.

He married Elsie Florence Darby, daughter of George Leonard Darby and Patty Miller, at Elsie's parent's home at "Kiliora"(?) Stanley St. on Thursday, 22 December 1904 at North Adelaide. He was 23 and his wife Elsie was 20. Elsie was 5 months pregnant when she married; the effect of this on Elsie's strict Wesleyan Methodist mother isn't known however it is notable that Elsie and James married at Elsie's parent's Adelaide home, far from the town of Mylor where they grew up, and not married in the Congregational church that her sisters were married in. It's also notable that Elsie's mother and her mother's mother were pregnant when they married too.. Elsie was the daughter of a public servant. The wedding certificate was also signed by Mabelle Gertrude Darby. Others who may have attended the wedding include Patty Miller as mother of the bride, George Leonard Darby as father of the bride, Lucy Deane as mother of the groom and Walter Thomas Smith as father of the groom. Brothers and sisters who may have attended include Edward Smith, Lillian Smith, Lucy Smith, Arthur Smith and Edythe Mary Darby. James and Elsie went on to have four children together, one of whom died young.5 James lived in 1904 at Adelaide.6 At this time his occupation was given as a clerk.7,8 Jim and his brothers Edward and Arthur had their photos taken together c1905.

James, aged 23 and Elsie Florence Darby, aged 21 became the parents of Heba Gwendolyn Smith on Tuesday, 11 April 1905 at North Adelaide.9,10,11 James and Elsie lived in March 1907 at 137 MacKinnon Parade, in Adelaide. This house was built by 1880 as it appears in the Smith Survey of Adelaide of that date. Made from South Australian bluestone with rendered quoins and facings to windows and doors, verandah with cast iron decorative bracket and frieze elements, and eaves brackets.12,13

James, aged 25 and Elsie Florence Darby, aged 22 became the parents of Margery Jean Smith on Sunday, 31 March 1907 at Adelaide. This house was built by 1880 as it appears in the Smith Survey of Adelaide of that date. Made from South Australian bluestone with rendered quoins and facings to windows and doors, verandah with cast iron decorative bracket and frieze elements, and eaves brackets..12,14 At this time his occupation was given as an accountant.7

James and Elsie Florence Darby became the parents of Walter Leonard Smith circa 1911 at South Australia.15,16 A picture was taken of Heba and Margery Smith, their parents and their grandmother. It was almost certainly taken at Adelaide.
Marjorie and Heba Smith, James Smith and Elsie Darby, Martha Miller c1915 at (probably) 137 Mackinnon Parade, Adelaide.
(source: Mrs. M. Willson)
James was apparently enlisted in the AIF but the details aren't known.

James's brother Arthur began military service on Thursday, 14 October 1915 with the Light Horse at age 21.17

James, aged 34 and Elsie Florence Darby, aged 31 became the parents of Mavis Constance Smith on Saturday, 11 March 1916 at Adelaide.

James's brother Edward began military service on Monday, 17 April 1916 with the 2nd Depot Battalion at age 31 His service number was 2031.18 Taken on strength.19,20,21,22 News was received on Thursday, 17 May 1917 that his brother Edward was missing, and had been missing since 11th April.23,21,24 News was received on Wednesday, 20 June 1917 that his brother Edward was severely wounded and was a prisoner of war in Germany.23,21 News was received in February 1919 that his brother Edward had been returned to England.23,21 James's younger brother Edward was discharged from military service on Thursday, 27 November 1919 at age 35.25
Jim Smith c1915
(Source: Margery Smith)
James Smith and Elsie Florence Darby moved with their three daughters to Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, circa 1923. However, they only stayed there a year before moving to Sydney.26

His youngest daughter Pattie recollects that he was not much of a family man and that he drank too much.26,27

James lived in 1929 at the Sydney suburb of Randwick.28

James, as the father of the bride, along with Elsie may have attended the wedding of Margery and John Hill, a section head at General Motors Holden, at Sydney Church of England Grammar Chapel on Saturday, 2 November 1929 at North Sydney. Margery was 22 and her husband John was 23.. Others who may have attended include Mary Alberta MacCallum Bourke as mother of the groom and Joseph William Hill as father of the groom. Aunts, uncles and grandparents who may have attended include Walter Thomas Smith, Lucy Deane, Donald Hugh Aloysius Bourke and Argyle Michael Bourke. John and Margery went on to have only one child together.29 James lived in March 1930 at Sydney.30

His father died 19 March 1930 at the age of 78. James was aged 48 when this happened.31 25 September 1931 there was a determination in a Worker's Compensation hearing between 'Patricia Smith and her next best friend James Agincourt Smith', and Anne Matheson. This probably related to Pattie being emplyed by Anne Matheson but was represented in some capacity by her father.32 He was manager of the Metropolis Realty Development (NSW) Co Ltd in July 1932 at Sydney.33 James was involved in a court case where an employee George Brewer was charged with false pretences in connection with the sale of some land. James said the Brewer was only employed on commission.33 He was a salesman in 1933.34 James and Elsie lived in 1933 at at Cliveden Flats on Roslyn Street in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst.34

His mother died May 1943 at the approximate age of 84. James was aged 61 when this happened. Jim and Elsie had a photograph taken together c1945. In the middle of his life, James seemingly adopted 'Agincourt' as his middle name.35,36,32 James and Elsie lived in 1949 at at Kanimbla Hall in Tusculum St. in the Sydney suburb of Potts Point.35

James lived in 1950 at Potts Point.37

James died on 16 June 1950 at at St. Vincent's private hospital in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst at age 68 of prostate cancer.37 His body was interred at Eastern Suburbs crematorium on 19 June 1950 at the Sydney suburb of Matraville.37

In later years, his daughter Margery never talked about her father, and never expressed affection for her mother who she wasn't close to.38

Family

Elsie Florence Darby (4 Apr 1884-27 Feb 1966)
Children

Citations

  1. [S5] South Australia, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Vol 279 p.287 (District of Adelaide).
  2. [S947] Australia, Birth and Baptisms, 1792-1981, Births, Deaths & Marriages Name: James Smith; Gender: Male; Baptism Date: 11 Dec 1881; Baptism Place: Holy Trinity, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia; Residence Place: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia; Father: Walter Thomas Smith; Mother: Lucy; FHL Film Number: 951873.
  3. [S322] The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia), Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1898 'CHURCH INTELLIGENCE.', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), 17 August, p. 6. , viewed 03 Feb 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article29415708
  4. [S243] The Adelaide Observer (later The Observer), Adelaide, South Australia, 1898 'COUNTRY NEWS.', Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), 20 August, p. 12. , viewed 04 Feb 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article162328002
  5. [S7] South Australia, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1904 No.1183.
  6. [S7] South Australia, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1904 No. 1183.
  7. [S5] South Australia, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1907 No.187 (District of Adelaide).
  8. [S7] South Australia, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1904 No.1183 (District of Adelaide).
  9. [S227] Margery Smith,.
  10. [S5] South Australia, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Vol.746 p.106.
  11. [S1084] Parish Registers for Glebe, 1929 No.133 Frank Hocken and Heba Smith.
  12. [S5] South Australia, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1907 No.187 (District of Adelaide) (The house number isn't stated in the original source, but the house is still standing and can be identified from a contemporary photograph.).
  13. [S1314] McDougall & Vines SURVEY & RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE CITY HERITAGE AND CHARACTER - PLAN AMENDMENT REPORT - CITY of ADELAIDE - VOLUME 2, PART 4 (M-N) - Building Data Sheets : Local Heritage Places https://d31atr86jnqrq2.cloudfront.net/docs/… p.25 (Shelly Mcvee helped me identify this house.).
  14. [S1314] McDougall & Vines SURVEY & RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE CITY HERITAGE AND CHARACTER - PLAN AMENDMENT REPORT - CITY of ADELAIDE - VOLUME 2, PART 4 (M-N) - Building Data Sheets : Local Heritage Places https://d31atr86jnqrq2.cloudfront.net/docs/… p.25.
  15. [S543] Letter from Mavis 'Patti' Willson to Tim Hill, dated various 5th October 2013 p.2.
  16. [S5] South Australia, Birth Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Vol. (unknown) p.47.
  17. [S1088] Australia, World War I Military Service Records, 1939-1945 Ancestry.com, (http://ancestry.com.au) Arthur Smith.
  18. [S1088] Australia, World War I Military Service Records, 1939-1945 Ancestry.com, (http://ancestry.com.au) Edward Smith p.1.
  19. [S664] Australian War Memorial (http://www.awm.gov.au/) https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/U51488
  20. [S1088] Australia, World War I Military Service Records, 1939-1945 Ancestry.com, (http://ancestry.com.au) Edward Smith p.4.
  21. [S1058] The Border Watch, Mt. Gambier, South Australia, Australia, 1917 'AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCES.', Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 - 1954), 23 June, p. 5. , viewed 06 Jan 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article77665997
  22. [S1026] Manthorpe website (http://www.manthorpe.org.uk/modules/news/article.php).
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  25. [S1088] Australia, World War I Military Service Records, 1939-1945 Ancestry.com, (http://ancestry.com.au) Edward Smith p.5.
  26. [S259] Mavis 'Patti' Willson, 11 Mar 2018.
  27. [S1076] Barbara Nicholson, 03:00 - 04:00.
  28. [S3] New South Wales, Marriage Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1929 No.258114 (?).
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  31. [S489] The Advertiser and Register (Adelaide, South Australia), Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 19 Mar 1931 p.8.
  32. [S268] The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 25 Sep 1931 p.6.
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  37. [S2] New South Wales, Death Certificate, Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages 1950 No. 8326.
  38. [S1076] Barbara Nicholson, 03:00 -.
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